Reciprocating Pumps

Two actors in Reciprocating Pumps under blue light of venetian blinds

Reciprocating Pumps

In Person at The Marsh SF Studio

Written by Dirk Alphin
Directed by Dirk Alphin
Performed by
Dennis Hasty | Spencer Jorgensen | Timothy Flanagan | Patrick Barresi | Denise Tyrrell

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and additional tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

August 12 – 27, 2023
Saturdays  at 7pm | Sundays at 5pm

Ticket Information

Tickets: $20 – $35 General Seating sliding scale | $50 and $100 Reserved Seating

Online ticket sales close 2 hours before each performance,
and additional tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

Due to the nature of this show, late seating will not be accommodated.

90 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 18+
Please do not bring infants to the show

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About the Show

Somewhat of a period piece, but more so a modern parable of courage and loyalty, this intimate gathering juggles, witnesses and wrestles with the unplanned consequences of best laid plans through the timeless quandary of “to be or not to be.” Edgy, raw, intensely human, and, at moments, frighteningly uncomfortable, but a love story that must be told and a play that must be seen.

Artist Biographies

Dirk Alphin (Playwright/Director) has lived in San Francisco for over forty years. He has worked in the theater and in film/video as an actor, director, playwright, producer, and designer. He helped create and manage two landmark performance venues: Valencia Rose Cabaret in the 1980s and Josie’s Cabaret & Juice Joint in the 1990s.More recent work includes plays at the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Park Theater in Danville, CA. He has written and has had produced several full length, one-act, and solo performance pieces.He is also a fine arts painter, and has had his work featured in galleries and museums, including the de Young in SF.

Patrick Barresi (Randall) is a local public health educator and housing advocate who moonlights as an actor. It’s been a few moons since he last appeared on a local stage.  Favorite SF/Bay Area credits include Standing on Ceremony and Laramie Project: Ten Years Later at New Conservatory Theatre; and Private Fears In Public Places at Ross Valley Players.  Collaborating with long-term friends Dirk Alphin and Dennis Hasty in Reciprocating Pumps is a pleasure. 

Spencer Jorgensen (Dennis) is originally from Texas, but now resides in San Francisco. A student of theater, he has stepped into acting after working behind the scenes for the better part of his career. Having stage managed and production managed several plays in college at Dartmouth and at his time at ACT as a Fellow, Spencer now works in technology but has his heart in the arts.

Dennis Hasty (Zack) trained at the prestigious Jean Shelton Acting School, and did summer workshops with the legendary Stella Adler. Carried the lead role in “Birdbath” , “The Day the Whores Came Out to Play Tennis” and Beth Henley’s “Am I Blue”, as well as supporting roles in two works by Terrence McNally “P.S. Your Cat is Dead” and “Bringing It All Back Home”, and Joe Orton’s “Loot”. As part of The San Jose Theater Guild, he performed in the musicals “The Apple Tree”, and David Shire’s “Starting Here, Starting Now”. Studied improvisation with Skip Blass and Debbie Durst, and performed with the improv group Leftover Spaghetti. A former competitive gymnast and Chippendale’s dancer, Dennis was last seen locally at The Curran Theater in “The Real Live Brady Bunch”, as well as his recurring role of Spiderman at several children’s birthday parties.

Denise Tyrrell (Norma) re-entered the theatrical world after a public affairs and executive career spanning thirty+ years. Local credits include Will Eno’s The Realistic Jones by Too Soon Old Productions, Macbeth at Salesforce Park by Rhinoceros Theatre, Part of Me at the Phoenix Theatre, Edward Albee’s Occupant at the Embarcadero also by Too Soon Old Productions and Caryl Churchill’s Here We go for Anton’s Well Theatre Company in Berkeley. Denise spent a year abroad at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and has locally studied with Susan-Jane Harrison and Jonathon Moscone at the Berkeley Rep.

Timothy Flanagan (Charlie) was an active player in local theater throughout the 1980’s and ’90’s, appearing in productions at San Francisco Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and The Marin Shakespeare Company. He’s played major roles at The Magic Theater, The Aurora Theater, The Z Collective and Theater Rhinoceros where he played Max in their acclaimed production of ‘Bent’ by Martin Sherman. He toured to Washington D.C. in the midst of the AIDS crisis in ‘More Than Names’ a story of the making of the AIDS memorial quilt. He is thrilled to be returning to the stage for this staged reading of this remarkable new play.